CUB and ten other European universities, among them the project leader University of Turin, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Copenhagen have jointly established an awarded project, the SAPIENS (Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems) group. The research project aims at mapping the various aspects of sustainable development goals and at factoring them in public procurement processes.
As part of the project, 15 PhD students will get the opportunity to conduct research at international partner institutions. The SAPIENS research consortium was awarded the grant within the framework of the Marie-Skłodowska Curie Actions of the European Union’s sustainability-driven Horizon 2020 program promoting the international mobility and scientific career of early stage researchers. The Horizon 2020 program offers a total funding of nearly EUR 78 631 million. It encourages innovative scientific solutions that rely on sustainability, whether products, services, or social issues are involved
As the grant also backs the implementation and exploitation of the plans worked out by the groups, it offers multidisciplinary training to participating students, with their research being extended to the fields of Law, Economics and Social Sciences. The grant will also help to fully put into practice each of the sustainable development goals adopted by the UN in 2015. The activities of the research group may largely contribute to giving greater priority to sustainability considerations in the economic policy of the EU and its member states.
The financial contributors include among others the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction and the ITO (International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation) as well as numerous international organisations and government institutions.